This gracious 1912 Victorian home is nestled on 3 acres overlooking the tidal shores of Wallace Harbour.
Jubilee Cottage is a charming bed and breakfast inn where innkeepers, Herbert & Carol Dee have a most comfortable Bed & Breakfast, offering all the comforts of home, combined with pampering and nurturing touches.
Guests may play the piano, shoot pool, access the internet (wifi); during the warmer months, they may explore Wallace Harbour on our kayaks and meet harbor seals, great blue heron and other wildlife; the Wallace Museum is a treasure trove history; Two renowned golf courses are nearby; walking and hiking trails for the more adventurous abound. Ski Wentworth Valley is only 18 minutes away for winter fun and adventure.
Jubilee Cottage also offers you a panoramic view of picturesque Wallace Harbour. Sunsets in Wallace are absolutely spectacular.
This Victorian home was built in 1912 by Wallace businessman, Robert Nelson. Mr. Nelson built and operated a general store in Wallace, across from the present Presbyterian Church in 1890.
The house was very big and elaborate for its time. Mr. Nelson built it as a wedding house for a girl he had met in P.E.I. He used only the best materials. It had six large windows unlike any other house in the village.
These windows were brought in by train to Wallace Station and then they were hauled by horse and wagon to Wallace.
Unfortunately for Mr. Nelson, when he asked this lady to marry him, she said “No” and turned him down. Mr. Nelson lived alone in the house and never got married. He died in 1928.
Roy and Roberta Charman moved into this house in 1929. They lived here with their three daughters, Elizabeth, Barbara and Ruth. Mr. Charman died in 1964. After Mr. Charmans death, Roberta (“Bert”) opened up the home as a guest house. Bert spent many hours sitting in front of the big window knitting. Everyone who visited the house loved Bert Charman. The house was vacant for over 3 years after Mrs. Charman died in 1987.
Leslie and Daphne Dominy bought the house in 1991. They were originally from Newfoundland. They bought this house, renovated it and opened the Jubilee Cottage Country Inn in 1995. The renovating was a big job, mainly due to the house having gone into disrepair after having been empty for so long. They tried to keep as much of the old house as they could. They had to remove five layers of wallpaper in some rooms and replace some of the windows in order to make it easier to heat. The six largest windows were left untouched. All three levels of the house have the original hardwood floors. There are two fireplaces, several steep stairways, including one to the attic and old quarry stone steps to the basement. Many of the doors still lock with skeleton keys.
The Dominys ran Jubilee Cottage as an inn for six months of the year, with three guest rooms. They also offered fine dining to the public until 2003. Jubilee Cottage Country Inn was then renamed to Jubilee Cottage Inn.
Wallace “by the sea”, indeed “a beautiful place” found us and we moved into Jubilee Cottage in October 2004 after spending 26 years in Australia. We continue to run Jubilee Cottage as a bed and breakfast and we have re-opened the dining room, offering public dining once again. Our aim is to reflect our international backgrounds and lifestyles in the stream of health and wellness in our foods. We believe that “Eating for health need not compromise eating for pleasure”.
Mrs. Bert Charman’s photograph still hangs at the entrance of Jubilee Cottage and her friendly spirit continues to welcome all visitors.
My wife and I were at celebration barbecue at friends in Wallace and spent the night at the Jubilee. The hosts/owners were very hospitable. We stayed in the Sandpiper room which was nicely appointed with a comfortable bed and a fireplace. A delicious breakfast was served at 8.30 am which had crispy bacon, a hearty portion of scrambled eggs, two kinds of toast and a lots of fresh fruit. Topped off with a nice Greek Yogurt topped with hemp hearts…. They are good for you. Would not hesitate to recommend the Jubilee cottage!
Jubilee cottage is a nice and well-run B&B that has many great features. The family that runs the B&B is friendly and helpful. The house is set in a shallow bay about 30 meters from the water. There is a small bench by the beach where you can admire the rising sun and take in the beauty of the seaside.
There is a small dock and a convenience store 2 min away with essentials like a small selection of wine and beer. Our room (blue heron) was pleasantly decorated and featured a small tv with cable, a window air conditioner, a wood stove, electrical base board, ceiling fan, bed (queen) and sofa bed. Wi-fi is available.
The bed was firm and comfortable with many pillows. The sofa bed was predictably less comfortable but still very acceptable. The bathroom was small but modern with a whirlpool bath. The common areas are nicely decorated and warm. There is a dinner offered at night ($42) – entrée, soup, main course, dessert and coffee. You can bring your own alcoholic beverage. The price might look high at first glance but the quality of the ingredients and cooking amply justify the price. Let’s say that having been to many high-priced restaurant across the world, I was very satisfied by this meal. Excellent value for the price. You can also dine without being a guest but reserve ahead. Ingredients were fresh (this was summer) and there is a great emphasis on organic local food and of course fish and seafood. The food offerings are compatible with gluten-free needs. The cuisine could be described as world fusion with asian-Caribbean-australian influences. The portions were perfect for me – I would describe them as mid-size canadian, large european and small for american visitors.
Very few downsides. Perhaps the room would be seen as small for people used to expensive north american hotels (of course, the sofa bed was using some of the room space). Bathroom was also small. This is a vintage house so you could see, here and there, signs of its age but you needed to really look for it.
Very PleasedOttawa, ON
Lovely cosy comfortable rooms, full of charm. Our room had a fireplace and ensuite, and the bed was like sleeping on a cloud. The ambience in this period home is very soothing and the music wafting through the puts you at peace. The full breakfast is scrumptious and be sure to stay on for the dinners. Perfect place for your country getaway!
Down Under VisitorBrisbane, Australia
We stayed at the Jubilee Cottage Inn for the first time in April 2014 and had a great time. Welcoming hosts, clean and quiet venue, nice area, great service and most of all, delicious food! The themed dinner that night was the Atlantica & Australis combo – excellent!
A last minute call, but they had a room; I only live an hour away, but just needed a breather in different surroundings. I was there by 9:00 pm and the hosts were most gracious and accommodating.
The room was charming and cozy and clean with a private en suite bathroom w/shower. It had large windows, was quiet, with great linens.
I told the owner I was more interested in sleeping in and not to worry about breakfast, but after reading a bit in the morning I did need coffee and headed down.
In only a few minutes I was surprised to be presented an enormous plate of food: herbed scrambled eggs, delicious sausages, ripe avacado, four or five sliced in-season fruits, fried meaty mushrooms, 3 types of toast, jams, etc.WOW!! Glad I didn’t miss that after all – and I wasn’t even expecting it!
The kind and unobtrusive hosts and other guests and myself chatted over breakfast and then I made my way back to my room, and crawled back into my comfortable bed until check-out time.
I had been to the Jubilee Cottage several times for the AMAZING evening dining cuisine they provide, but now I know I will be staying over-night each time I go for dinner. For the price, the breakfast, and the generally terrific stay, how can I not?! A perfect little ‘staycation’ breather, for which I am thankful, and will be back.
This was our third time dinning at Jubilee Cottage. Friday night was “Now and Zen” Asian cuisine. The menu includes an appetizer, soup, 2 mains and dessert. Coffee and herbal teas as well. It is a BYO wine. Only $5 corking fee. Call ahead for reservations. Since it is a small family operation the menu is set for the evening. There are other themes on other nights. A great value at $42 each plus $5 corking fee if you bring wine.